First Season Success for NW Junior Lavway and Hackney Pony 'Tol'
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You've probably heard of the famous fiesty Hackney pony Flash and his Junior Kyla Law who completed Tevis, and who have a new book out.
Here's another feisty Hackney pony and Junior, Tol and Aaby, revving up their engines in the Pacific Northwest region!
by Shelah Wetter
January 18 2023
Aaby Lavway and her Hackney pony Truly A Surprise (AKA Tol) win PNER
'Champion Junior Best Condition Horse' as well as several other awards
in their first season in endurance.
Aaby's story starts In my lesson program as a shy, small, blond haired
blue eyed little girl. Little did I know what awaited her. She spent
several years riding lesson horses. Then she moved on to leasing a
couple of big strong and stubborn been there done that geldings who
taught her a whole lot about how to handle horses with big personalities
and opinions. They happened to be the perfect predecessors for the
small but mighty Tol.
Tol is a Hackney pony bred by the same farm as the infamous Flash.
Surely they grew up together. Tol came to me a year and a half ago as a
very, very green broke 13-year-old who, like Flash, grew up in a huge
pasture with minimal handling. I have a long history with the Hackney
pony breed and also I have a habit of buying ponies I can't ride...
Well, because they are cute and absolutely irresistible. I knew I would
have to find Tol a kid at some point, or maybe get him pulling a cart
well & sell him, as all of our horses must have a job.
Aaby's parents weren't quite ready to purchase a horse in the
fall/winter of 2021 but she very much wanted to be a part of our
endurance team... And I happened to have a half wild pony I couldnt
ride... So I told her if she could ride him she could come along... And
the game was on!
When Aaby and Tol met, he was absolutely terrified of her. She had to
start from the beginning with him, as if he'd never been ridden at all.
It took many months, but Aaby persisted and at just about 7 months since
they started working together, they did their first endurance ride
together. Still just a touch wild, I held his halter every time she had
to mount or dismount. EDRA 30 mile endurance ride was a success and they
earned the coveted award JR Best Condition. At the second ride they did
their first 50, Tol didn't look tired at all. And 2 weeks later again
they did a 50. Tol finished strong and bright eyed. Not a puff or a sore
part on him. They again earned Jr Best Condition.
They have been working hard to be ready for the next ride season, watch out 2023, here they come!!